Tropical Family Adventure in Costa Rica

8 Days of Family Fun in Costa Rica!

Explore your wild-side on a family vacation!
Costa Rica promises to delight both adults and children alike.
From experiences on the water to thrilling jungle activities, get ready for adventure!
Take a break from the excitement in the evenings to bask in the thermal waters.
You’ll discover the lush flora and fauna as you explore some of the country’s most impressive national parks.
Enjoy the comfort of our best family friends hotels.
Give a tropical touch to your family vacation!

Length of stay: 8 days

Kind: Must-see Tours in Costa Rica

Fix: Suitable for children

Countries visited: Costa Rica

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Day 1 : Juan Santamaria Airport

Welcome to Costa Rica !

Your driver will be waiting for you at Juan Santamaria International Airport, near San Jose, at 1,150 meters above sea level in the heart of the Central Valley to take you to your hotel. Night at Buena Vista Chic Hotel.

Superior Balcony room.

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Day 2 : San José

Pick up your rental car!

*Info: In the service selection section of your quote, you’ll find all the information about your rental car.* Car rental:

Suzuki Jimny or similar (2 people)

Dahiatsu Bego or similar (3 people)

Hyundai Tucson or similar (4 people)

Hyundai Santa Fe or similar (5 people)

Toyota Land Cruiser Prado or similar (6 people)

Hyundai H1 or similar (7 to 9 people)

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Including the following:

– Mandatory insurance

– Unlimited mileage

– 1 additional driver – offered Basic mandatory insurance included – Rent  a Wifi hotspot in your vehicle to take advantage of internet connection while you travel. Possibility of connecting up to 5 devices and data included. Road from San José to Poas.

Departure to the Poas Volcano.

*Approximate driving time : 1,5 hours.* Poas Volcano National Park

Visit the Poas Volcano National Park. With a diameter of 1.6 km and 300 meters deep, it’s famous for having one of the largest active craters in the world.

Then visit the vulcanology center. A vast terrace offers a breathtaking view of a caldera (a collapsed crater) which emits sulfurous fumaroles.

*Approximate duration : 1.5 hours.* Departure to La Fortuna and the majestic Arenal Volcano.

Arrival in San Carlos valley and settle in to hotel.

*Note: approximately 3 hours driving.* Relaxation at the Baldi thermal center

Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation and fun at the Baldi thermal center. Enjoy the various thermal baths, swimming pools, waterfalls and slides. The warm waters come directly from the natural hot springs of the Arenal volcano!

*Approximate duration : 4 hours.* Dinner included. Night at Lost Iguana Resort & Spa.

Junior Suite Villa with jacuzzi on the terrace.

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Day 3 : Arenal Volcano

Get ready to experience an adrenaline rush in nature!

Hit the trails and a series of suspension bridges for an introduction to the flora and fauna of the forest canopy.

Then sit back and relax in an open air gondola, which glides through the rain forest, offering up endless views during its mountainous ascent. The perfect tour for those wanting to experience nature for a different angle! On the tour, a bilingual guide will point out the different characteristics of the flora and fauna and other interesting facts.

End your experience with a thrilling zip line tour. Ride down on a zip line cable stretching across canyons and in between treetops.

*Approximate duration : 6 hours.* Night at Lost Iguana Resort & Spa.

Junior Suite Villa with jacuzzi on the terrace.

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Day 4 : Arenal Volcano

Morning rafting on the Balsa River

Combine nature and adventure with with an exciting rafting adventure down the Balsa river! You’ll also have the opportunity to experience relaxing moments  swimming in the natural pools of the river and enjoying the peaceful sound of the surrounding tropical forest. An unforgettable experience!

*Approximate duration : 5 hours.*

*Info 1 : lunch included.*

*Info 2 : you may combine this activity with ATV-ing, zip-lining or canyoning to make it a full day of fun!* Drive from Arenal to Rincon de La Vieja.

Departure for the province of Guanacaste, land of Sabaneros, Costa Rica’s proud and colorful cowboys.

*Approximate driving time : 4 hours.* Dinner included at the hotel. Night at Hacienda Guachipelin.

Family Superior room.

*Staying at Hacienda Guachipelin, enjoy free access to the hot springs of the Rio Negro, located 15 minutes from the hotel!*

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Day 5 : Rincon de la Vieja volcano

Rincon de la Vieja National Park

Venture out on your own to explore the different areas of the Rincon de la Vieja Park (*the Cangreja, las Pailas and Santa Maria*). At the heart of this park stands the massive volcano of the same name, the origin of the area’s geothermal activity (look for it on your hikes in Las Pailas and Santa Maria).

On your hike, you may encounter capuchins, howler monkeys, spider monkeys, anteaters, sloths or one of over 300 species of birds. The park was established in 1973 and is home a large amount of orchids or the Guaria morada (Guarianthe skinneri), Costa Rica’s national flower.

*Info: Cangreja and Las Pailas areas are closed on Mondays. Santa Maria area opens daily but it is more difficult to access during the rainy season.* Hot springs & mud baths!

Enjoy a relaxing moment in nature in the thermal waters of the Rio Negro.  Experience volcanic mud baths, known for their beneficial and invigorating virtues, saunas and thermal waters.

As a bonus, for total relaxation, you can decide to get massages on site.

*Approximate duration: 3 hours.* Dinner included at the hotel. Night at Hacienda Guachipelin.

Family Superior room.

*Staying at Hacienda Guachipelin, enjoy free access to the hot springs of the Rio Negro, located 15 minutes from the hotel !*

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Day 6 : Rincon de la Vieja Volcano

Horseback riding and Tubing

After a 45-minute horseback ride through the tropical dry forest, arrive at La Catarata Victoria, where you receive your own tube.

Descend the Río Negro’s crystal waters and cross rough rapids. This fun experience is one of the most enjoyable ways to cross this part of Rincon de la Vieja.

*Approximate duration* *: 2 hours and a half.* Drive from Rincon de la Vieja to Manuel Antonio.

Departure for the Costa Rican Pacific coast.

*Approximate driving time : 5 hours.*

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Day 7 : Manuel Antonio National Park

Manuel Antonio National Park

Today you’ll head to Manuel Antonio National Park, where stunning beaches, coral reefs and lush flora and fauna reign. Swim in the crystal clear waters, relax on the sandy beaches, walk among the tropical vegetation…

This is the perfect place for wildlife watching. You might see a sloth or a squirrel monkey!

*Info : The park is closed on Mondays.* Catamaran adventure

Set sail towards the horizon and cruise over sapphire hued waves. The catamaran will chart a picturesque course departing from Quepos and gliding around the back of the Manuel Antonio National Park.

Your guide will point out notable wildlife and vegetation, so be sure to have your camera ready!

After touring the coastline, your captain will set anchor at Biesanz Bay where you can snorkel or relax onboard. You might spot parrotfish, starfish or angelfish… and if you are lucky, a dolphin!

Enjoy a tasty barbecue lunch onboard, while admiring the views.

*Approximate duration : 5 hours.*

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Day 8 : Manuel Antonio

Drive from Manuel Antonio to San Jose.

Departure to the capital, San Jose.

*Approximate driving time : 3 hours.* Return your vehicle to one of our local rent a car agencies.

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